Phil Ireland NT Ranger checks the catch
Our latest Wild Tribe event took place on the meadows at Fingle Bridge with rivers as a theme.
Starting with river dipping everybody got into delving and scooping, kick sampling and looking under stones. All the effort resulted in a good range of river life, Stone fly larva, blood worms, Caddis fly larva, Whirligig beetles, Phil swears he caught two baby trout ‘but they got away’ we have all heard that one before. Gail Parker and her family can be seen in the photo getting ready to look at their catch under the microscopes.
While this was going on some of the children were den building and doing wood sculpture as well. Mums and Dads got involved while being kept topped up with tea and coffee.
Lunchtime came with baked potatoes, and sausages cooked on the open fire.
Taking a break from walking the plank. Photo by Ed Mash
After that we laid out a ‘river ‘ on the grass and the task was to cross without falling in. Lots of materials were supplied ropes, planks,barrels, logs etc and everybody had a great time engineering different ways across. Large amounts of rope were strung between trees and imaginative rope slides constructed. Luckily we used a dry river or everybody would have got very wet and the life guards would have been busy.
As everybody was into the rope slide one of the fathers suggested we do a proper one, so we did, Steve Philips ranger at Lydford gorge, where they use allot of ropes and stuff, delved into his land rover.
The result abseil rope, blocks and tackle, snatch block and an old motorbike tyre a bit of ingenuity, skill and experience and lo and behold a rope slide.
Who wants the first go? Photo by Ed Mash
We sent Godfrey down it first to check the safe working load and then the kids all took turns to pull each other up and whizz down to the landing area. A few families just walking the area came and joined in and left their details so that they can be contacted about the next Wild Tribe.
The weather was much better than forecast with lots of sun while a few sharp showers came and went almost unnoticed
The day ended with the usual toasted marshmallows.
The next Wild tribe is on Sunday 4th September. To book or get more info email firstname.lastname@example.org or ring 01647433356 and leave a message if no reply.